As you can see, there is a unique niche within the human resources field that needs to be filled in order to maintain a satisfied, competent workforce that is so critical to business success. It is the employee relations specialist who specializes in skills required to improve relations and understanding between all members of an organization and at all levels of the corporate ladder. Furthermore, after researching the duties of a Director of Labor Relations, I found that duties may include, but not limit to overseeing an organizations labor relations programs, policies, and procedures, establishing and maintaining satisfactory labor-management relations, interprets the collective bargaining agreements, administers grievance procedures including arbitrations, and assists all levels of management on labor matters. Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related area. Demonstrates expertise in a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures. Typically reports to top management.
Manages a departmental sub-function within a broader departmental function. Creates functional strategies and specific objectives for the sub-function and develops budgets/policies/procedures to support the functional infrastructure. Deep knowledge of the managed sub-function and solid knowledge of the overall departmental function. Typically requires 5 or more years of managerial experience. It’s obvious that the further you go up in the field, you not only have to follow the laws of Labor Relations, but the responsibilities increase as well as the experiential requirements.